Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State this month. Enjoy live musical entertainment, chow down on delicious seafood or visit an old-fashioned county fair. You’ll find something to please every member of the family, whatever you choose. Check out our list of the 11 best festivals happening in New Jersey this August.

National Night Out

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Where: Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May
When: August 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Join communities all over the country for a National Night Out with neighbors and local police. Take part in family-friendly activities like a bounce house, dunk tank, beach games and a magic show, plus refreshments and giveaways.
More info: National Night Out or call 609-884-9565


Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

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Where: Downtown Westfield (various locations)
When: August 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Every Tuesday evening in August, Westfield hosts live jazz performances at various downtown locations. Stroll around town and enjoy live music while dining and shopping. The bands feature both contemporary and traditional styles, with something different for every taste.
More info: Downtown Jazz Festival or call 908-789-9444


23rd Annual Clam Festival

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Where: Huddy Park, 329 Bay Avenue, Highlands
When: August 2-5 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy live entertainment from bands like The Counterfeiters and Brian Kirk & The Jirks as you indulge in succulent seafood at this long-running clam festival. Craft vendors, games, rides and a wine & beer garden will keep the whole family happy. Pay-one-price ride bracelets are available on Thursday and Sunday for $30 each.
More info: Clam Festival or call 732-291-4713


New Jersey Fringe Festival

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Where: Downtown Hammonton (various locations)
When: August 3-5 at various times
Price: $19 for one-day pass, $39 for weekend pass
Details: Start at the Eagle Theatre and venture out to see various performances within walking distance of downtown. Musicals, plays, cabarets and more will be on deck at the second annual festival. Artists, food vendors and a beer garden line the streets of downtown Hammonton for a fun day out.
More info: Fringe Festival or call 609-704-5012


NJ Crab Festival

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Where: Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Boulevard, Wildwood
When: August 4 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s a crab-tacular good time at the NJ Crab Festival where you pay as you go for delicious blue claw crabs. Sip on a refreshment from the beer garden or try a “crabby” Bloody Mary. A live crab race kicks off at 6:00 pm, followed by a performance by Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band at 7:00 pm.
More info: NJ Crab Festival or call 609-522-0033


Salem County Fair

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Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: August 7-10 at various times
Price: Free admission, $10 parking fee
Details: Looking for an old-fashioned good time? Mosey on down to the Salem County Fair, where you’ll find pig races, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations, live animal exhibits and lots of classic fun for the whole family. Don’t miss exciting contests such as skillet throwing, ice-cream making and barrel racing.
More info: Salem County Fair or call 856-769-0414


Festival of the Sea Carnival

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Where: St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township
When: August 8-12 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Fun carnival rides for all ages, games, delicious food and hourly 50/50 contests mark this annual festival on Long Beach Island. POP (pay-one-price) bracelets are available for $25 each night and for only $20 on Friday.
More info: Festival of the Sea or call 609-494-8861


Peach Harvest Festival

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Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
When: August 4-5 & 11-12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $7.99 per person for pick-your-own admission or $17.99 for children’s all-day activity pass
Details: Pick your own peaches and then enjoy some peach-alicious treats! Peach ice-cream, peach tarts, peach slushies and peach fried pies are all on the menu at this celebration. Kids will enjoy pony rides, tractor train rides, the moon bounce, the corn kingdom and more.
More info: Peach Harvest Festival or call 908-258-6245


Food, Wine & Beer Festival

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Where: Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison
When: August 18 from noon to 8:00 pm
Price: $5 per person, free for children under 10
Details: Taste local offerings from Cypress Brewery, Empanada Guy and more as you peruse Edison’s Food, Wine & Beer Festival. Local arts & crafts vendors are on hand with many unique items. There will be lots of fun for kids, too–check out rides, games, fun music and family activities.
More info: Food, Wine & Beer Festival or call 732-738-9482


Beach Fest

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Where: Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina, 2 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands
When: August 18 from noon to 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Details: You won’t want to miss over 2,000 tons of sand being trucked into the marina to turn it into a beach party! Sand castle competitions, tug-of-war contests, a kids’ fishing derby…plus food, a beer and wine garden, live music and more.
More info: Beach Fest or call 732-291-1670


Seafarers’ Weekend

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Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 US Route 9, Cape May
When: August 25 & 26 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: $14 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-12, free for kids under 3
Details: Pirates, music and family fun are on tap for Seafarers’ Weekend. Check out historical demonstrations of the trades, crafts and lifestyles of early America, then head over to the Cold Spring Brewery for a refreshing beverage.
More info: Seafarers’ Weekend or call 609-898-2300

Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.


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